Detroit right-hander Anibal Sanchez, who had a 1.77 ERA in three postseason games, was thought to be the No. 2 free agent pitcher behind Zack Greinke.


DETROIT - The Detroit Tigers agreed Friday to a five-year, $80-million deal with right-handed pitcher Anibal Sanchez, according to agent Gene Mato.

New Tigers right fielder Torii Hunter tweeted: "Glad Anibal Sanchez back with the Tigers. ... Now lets go get that ring."

Sanchez, 28, was considered the No. 2 pitcher on the free agent market, behind Zack Greinke, who recently agreed to a six-year, $147-million deal with the Dodgers. Sanchez, who has a career record of 48-51, posted a 1.77 ERA in three postseason starts for the Tigers.

• Kevin Youkilis, who helped Boston win two World Series in 8 1/2 years with the Red Sox, and the Yankees finalized a $12 million, one-year contract Friday. It gives New York a third baseman for the first half of next season while Alex Rodriguez recovers from hip surgery. Youkilis joins Babe Ruth, Wade Boggs, Roger Clemens and Johnny Damon as Boston players who made the switch to the Bronx in the rivalry.

"There's a lot of great Red Sox fans that just wanted the best for me going forward," Youkilis said, "and I know there's going to be some that don't like the decision, and you can't worry about that."

• Free agent infielder Ty Wigginton and the St. Louis Cardinals agreed to a $5 million, two-year contract. Wigginton, who played for Philadelphia last year, has a .263 career average with 169 home runs and 591 RBIs.

• The New York Yankees were hit with an $18.9 million luxury tax by Major League Baseball, the 10th consecutive year they will pay a penalty for their spending. The team finished with a $222.5 million payroll for purposes of the tax.

After its payroll-shedding trade with the Los Angeles Dodgers last summer, Boston finished just $47,177 under the $178 million threshold. The Angels wound up at $176.7 million and Philadelphia at $174.5 million.


NHL files suit, labor charge against players' union

NEW YORK - Anticipating a possible antitrust suit, the NHL brought its labor fight against hockey players to federal court.

The league filed a class action suit Friday in U.S. District Court, seeking to establish that its 90-day lockout is legal. In a separate move, the NHL filed an unfair labor practice charge with the National Labor Relations Board, claiming the players' association has bargained in bad faith.


US Open adds extra day in '13; men's final Monday

The U.S. Open tennis tournament is moving the women's final to Sunday and men's final to Monday in 2013, building in a day of rest ahead of each title match.

The U.S. Tennis Association, which runs the Grand Slam event played in New York, said a decision about 2014 and beyond probably will come after the 2013 tourney.

Rain forced the USTA to postpone the men's final from its scheduled Sunday slot to Monday each of the past five years.

• Skiing star Lindsey Vonn told People magazine that she struggled with depression, and was prescribed an antidepressant to treat the condition in 2008. Vonn had a rare crash Friday in a World Cup downhill in Val d'Isere, France.

• In soccer, the Los Angeles Galaxy traded forward Edson Buddle to the Colorado Rapids for a 2013 first-round supplemental draft pick and allocation money.

• Lance Armstrong's former physician, the banned Michele Ferrari, told Al Jazeera English that he never saw the U.S. cyclist doping. ... Drawn by Britain's recent success, the Tour de France will cross the English Channel in 2014 to start in the English city of Leeds and swing through London.